Bernard S. Jackson

in Wisdom-Laws

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780198269311
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683596 | DOI:

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The paragraph of casuistic laws represents an important step in the movement of the law from orality to literacy. Its form may well have been influenced by ancient Near Eastern exemplars, particularly the Laws of Hammurabi. It does not follow, however, that the content was equally influenced; moreover, the literary form of both the ‘intermediate collections’ and the Covenant Code may, on this account, have been generated by internal considerations. This book focuses on the content and literary characteristics of the individual rules of the Mishpatim and infers what it calls the ‘wisdom-laws’ model. It examines Raymond Westbrook's legal model, John Van Seters's ‘literary synchronic’ reading of the Mishpatim, dispute resolution according to wisdom-laws, and wisdom-laws and proverbs.

Keywords: casuistic laws; Covenant Code; Mishpatim; wisdom-laws; rules; Raymond Westbrook; John Van Seters; dispute resolution; proverbs

Chapter.  20529 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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